NZPhotographer Issue 25, November 2019

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OLD IS PART HISTORY, PART ILLUSION

The much photographed Wairarapa house always

tickled my imagination. Placed on top of a hill, with

an all-round view, it looks like an entry ticket to the

grandiose fantasy called ‘Living Happily Ever After’.

In a complex tale of life, we like to write beautiful

beginnings, but it’s the destiny that scripts the final

chapter. The image ‘Just Like You, Once Upon a Time I

Was a Beautiful Promise’ is a brick and mortar ode on

degraded ideals, living between the world of should

be and the one we end up with.

The Otago scene depicted in the image ‘The Day I

Time Travelled This Land, On Foot’ was akin to

stepping back in time, witnessing a Kiwi flavoured

metaphor of The Wild West era. The intriguing

juxtaposition of subjects gifted the composition a

lyrical and slightly surreal quality. It’s that kind of sight

that naturally appeals to our creative souls, casual

shooters and photography ascetics alike.

HISTORY IS MYSTERY

The past and the unknown are close neighbours.

Mystery is born out of gaps opened by missing and

fading recollections, filled with arbitrary interpretations.

The difficulties arise when we attempt to complete

this jigsaw known as our present relying solely on

memories, those ever-shifting sand dunes of our

emotional landscape.

The image ‘I Often Find You at Extraordinary Places’

explores an idea behind the mystery of memories.

Shot across the pond in monochrome, to emphasise

the return to a time of unknown, the image combines

the barely visible old house within surroundings not

prepared to reveal anything more than they have to.

‘Alone with the Clouds’ asks questions about the

transient nature of civilisation and the ways decayed

architecture can help us comprehend a nearabstract

concept of past. When the geographical

presence of man-made structures diminish in

importance or disappear altogether, the memories of

those may follow them there.

TIMES TO REMEMBER

Reality is personal and always in motion. What we

did, saw or experienced will soon become history.

Meanwhile, the technological revolution has created

a parallel world, all with vast storage places and

cyber shadows of our personas The new home in the

cloud can help us memorialise the past by shifting our

precious moments into its digital realm. This should be

our motivation to photograph and eternalise manmade

places destined for certain oblivion.

THE DAY I TIME TRAVELLED

THIS LAND, ON FOOT

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